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Post  lexie on Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:31 pm

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Vietnam, Laos strengthen special relations

Vietnam and Laos should closely coordinate with each other and promote solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said at a reception with Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Saysomphone Phomvihane on October 27.

NA Chairman Hung expressed his unanimous support for the content of recent talks between the two countries’ Vice NA Chairmen, which, he said, manifested the close cooperation between the two legislative bodies.

The legislative leader asked the two National Assemblies to increase the exchange of delegations and work together to organise activities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and the 30th year of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty in 2012.

Mr Hung spoke highly of Laos’ position as host of the seventh Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP-7) and the ninth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM-9) in 2012, saying this would help the country raise its position in the region and the world as well.

Vietnam is ready to assist Laos in organising the two events, the NA Chairman affirmed.

For his part, Saysomphone Phomvihane said the Party, State and people of Laos always remember the effective support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people.

He said his visit aims to realise the agreements reached by the two countries’ senior leaders, pledging that the delegation will make all-out efforts to contribute to the traditional friendship between the Parties, States and peoples.

Later in the day, Saysomphone Phomvihane was received by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who said the Vietnam-Laos special relations are valuable asset of the two Parties and States.

PM Dung praised the achievements Laos has recorded during national construction and socio-economic development and expressed his pleasure at the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The two governments are trying to implement cooperation agreement under the signed agreements while promoting new cooperation programmes, especially in economics, trade and investment, the PM said.

Saysomphone Phomvihane reiterated Laos’ consistent policy of attaching importance to and further boosting the special and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam.

He said he hoped that Vietnam would share its experience in socio-economic development as well as in legislative operations.

Also on the same day, Saysomphone Phomvihane had a working session with Chairman of the Vietnam NA’s Committee for External Relations Tran Van Hang, during which the two sides exchanged experience in ASEP-7 organisation.

Hang suggested Laos promptly build a clear roadmap for each stage and gather ideas as well as issues of interest to member countries, through consultation and discussion.
He underlined the need to mobilise the full participation of member countries and coordinate with the Foreign Ministry to put forward documents and contents suitable for the current situation, while paying bilateral official visits.

Saysomphone Phomvihane said he believed that the close ties between the two countries and two legislative bodies would be preserved and developed and expressed his hope of continued close cooperation with the Vietnam NA.

Vietnam, the Philippines boost cooperation in rice research

President Truong Tan Sang hopes the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will work more closely with Vietnam on improving rice strains, preserving rice biodiversity, and improving human resources.

During a visit to the IRRI on October 27, President Sang praised its achievements in researching new higher quality rice varieties that produce bigger yields, helping reduce poverty worldwide.

Since 1963, Vietnam and the IRRI have been cooperating by inviting Vietnamese scientists to carry out research at the institute, with 232 Vietnamese scientists studying there and nearly 500 others undertaking research projects.

According to the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), rice strains originating from the IRRI have helped south Vietnam increase productivity by 9.8 percent from 1985-2009.

The same day, President Sang laid wreaths at the Monument of Filipino National Hero, Jose Rizal, and attended the unveiling of the Statue of Ho Chi Minh at ASEAN park.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, said that the relations between the two countries have grown and flourished and cross-cultural exchanges have been promoted in recent years.

Mr Tuan highlighted the two countries’ decision to erect the Statue of Ho Chi Minh at Manila’s ASEAN Park to celebrate the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties. The statue project marks a new step forwards deepening the friendship between the two countries, Mr Tuan said.

Vietnam attends UNESCO General Assembly meeting

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son, Chairman of the Vietnam National UNESCO Committee is participating in the 36th session of the UNESCO General Assembly that takes place in Paris from October 25 to November 10.

Representatives from 193 UNESCO member countries are attending the session, which is the first since Irina Bokova was elected as the Director-General of the UNESCO General Assembly for a new four-year term.

The session focuses on discussing and deciding on the organization’s important and comprehensive reforms.

At the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to UNESCO Duong Van Quang highlighted the significance of the session, saying that it will create a breakthrough for UNESCO in the context of the organization’s ongoing comprehensive renovations.

There were a number of forums on October 26 and 27 to provide more opportunities for countries’ leaders to raise their voices.

Participants in the session stressed the role of the young generations through a youth forum held from October 17-20.

According to Quang, Vietnam has paid a special attention to the biennial plenary session on the 1972 World Heritage Convention, which will elect members of the Inter-governmental Committee on Heritages.

With a number of UNESCO-recognized heritage, Vietnam will make efforts to be elected to the committee, he said.

**On the sidelines of the 36th session of the UNESCO General Assembly, Deputy FM Son met with Latifa Akharbach, Secretary of State to the Foreign Minister of Morocco cum Chairwoman of the Morocco-Vietnam Joint Cooperation Committee.

At the meeting, Latifa Akharbach spoke highly of Vietnam’s role and position, saying that the country has an important voice in the region as well as the international arena.

Vietnam is always an active UNESCO member that respects and promotes the organization’s common values for the development and life of people, she said.

She expressed hopes that the two countries will increase mutual support not only at international multilateral forums but also within the framework of the UNESCO General Assembly.

For his part, Son highly valued the development of the Vietnam-Morocco cooperation, expressing determination to boost the relations in the coming time.

He stressed that Vietnam wants to early sign agreements on maritime transport, investment protection, and oil and gas cooperation with Morocco in an effort to raise two-way trade to US$100 million in the 2012-2015.

The two sides are speeding up the establishment of the Vietnam-Morocco Trade Council, Son added.

The Deputy FM stated that as one of ASEAN’s key members, Vietnam will serve as a bridge for Morocco to develop cooperation with other ASEAN member countries.

Vietnam eyes stronger ties with Indonesia

A Vietnamese diplomat has expressed hope that the fine traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia would further develop both politically and economically, as well as bilaterally and multilaterally.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy made the statement at an interview with a magazine of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry on October 27.

The traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries have developed intensively and extensively, Thuy affirmed.

Political ties have been strengthened through the regular exchange of delegations and high-level meetings, the ambassador said.

Thuy commented on the visit to Vietnam by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in October, 2010, and the visit to Indonesia by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in September this year, which he said mark milestones in the relations between the two countries, with the signing of a number of important documents, creating a foundation for developing bilateral cooperation into strategic partnership.

Indonesia is one of Vietnam’s important trade partners, with two-way trade expected to reach US$5 billion in 2014, Thuy said.

The two countries’ leaders have committed themselves to creating favourable conditions for businesses, the diplomat said, adding that bilateral cooperation in agriculture, education and training, seafood and aquatic products, culture and tourism are paying off.

Foreign military visit Hanoi high command

Commander of the High Command of Hanoi Capital Maj. Gen. Phi Quoc Tuan received a delegation of foreign military attachés on October 27.

Maj. Gen. Tuan said he hoped the visit would contribute to strengthening and promoting relations and mutual understanding between armies and people of countries. He also said he wished the delegation would reap fine results during the working visit.

Foreign military attachés expressed their wish to promote the cooperation between the Vietnam People’s Army and armies of countries for the benefit of peace, independence and prosperity.

Earlier, the delegation paid courtesy call to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee and visited a commando battalion under the Hanoi Capital High Command.

Vietnamese and Philippine Foreign Ministers hold talks

On October 27, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Philippine counterpart Alberto F.del Rosario on the sidelines as State President Truong Tan Sang visited the Philippines.

The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction at the positive development of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in various fields and agreed to ask their respective ministries to speed up the implementation of agreements reached by President Truong Tan Sang and Philippine President Beningo S. Aquino III at their talks on October 26 with a view to taking bilateral relations to a higher level.

Both foreign ministers praised the outcome of the sixth session of the Vietnam-Philippines Bilateral Cooperation Committee held in Hanoi on October 6-7 while saying that the newly-signed Vietnam-Philippines Action Program for 2011-2015 will serve as an important foundation for carrying out specific cooperation programs.

They agreed to assign senior officials of the committee to promote exchanges and hold meetings in the Philippines next year.

The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision to put in place mechanisms to widen bilateral cooperation on the sea and ocean to the deputy foreign ministerial level, asking committee members to meet by early next year.

Regarding cooperation at regional and international forums, the two foreign ministers affirmed that they will continue closely coordinating the upcoming summit meetings of ASEAN in Indonesia, accelerating building an ASEAN community and supporting the East Asia Summit (EAS) which discusses regional strategic issues related to economics, politics and security in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual understanding, and cooperation for peace and stability in South Asia.

In terms of the East Sea issue, both foreign ministers highlighted the need to maintain peace, security, navigation safety and freedom, and settle disputes by peaceful means based on the International laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) signed by China and ASEAN in 2002.

HACGAM-7 opens in Hanoi

The seventh Heads of Asia Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM-7) on the theme “Strengthening practical cooperation, swapping information, and ensuring marine security and safety” opened in Hanoi on October 27.

The event drew the participation of delegates from 17 Asian countries and territories.

In his speech, Lieutenant-General and Deputy Minister of National Defense, Nguyen Chi Vinh, said the meeting gives the Vietnamese coast guard force and the Ministry of National Defense a chance to actively contribute to promoting and strengthening cooperation among Asian enforcement forces on the law of seas for the common objectives and interest of ensuring maritime security and safety, and maintaining a peaceful, secure and stable environment in the region and in the world.

Mr Vinh said that to cope with challenges on the sea in this unpredictable climate, Asian Coast Guard forces need to promote information exchanges, confidence building and mutual trust.

The regional coast guard forces’ operations should respect national maritime laws, as well as that of the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea.

Asian coastal nations need to support and devise a broad code of conduct on the rules of the sea that is underpinned by solid legal foundations that promote cooperation, prevent acts detrimental to common interests in the region, and create a peaceful and stable environment that facilitates regional and global growth.

At the meeting, delegates discussed reports on the results of agency-level meetings held in Hanoi on October 6-8, measures to ensure navigation security and prevent sea disasters, and presented programs on navigation capacity building.


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